At least two people suffered severe injuries in a crash on John S. Mosby Highway/Route 50 in Loudon County, Virginia (VA). The incident began when one vehicle crossed the center line of the highway near Atoka Road. That collision lead to a chain reaction in which three cars approaching the wreck rear-ended each other. The extent of the injuries to the people in those trailing cars were not reported.
State troopers who responded to the accident did not immediately assign blame for the sideswipe collision. If the investigation reveals that one of the drivers was driving left of center, that person could face charges and liability for causing injuries and other damages. Even when an at-fault driver gets hurt, the person retains legal responsibility for compensating other crash victims.
A photograph of the crash scene shows lanes narrowed by piles of snow recently plowed from the roadway. Such conditions may have made committing a lane violation more likely, but no driver should be able to use an explanation like that as an excuse. Drivers must stay in their own lanes at all times. When they do not, everyone else on the road faces serious dangers.
Following the crash in Loudon County, the two drivers in the vehicles that set off the chain reaction had to be airlifted to hospitals for lifesaving treatment. My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues wish everyone involved full and rapid recoveries. We also urge all drivers to take the care needed to stay in their own lanes so such wrecks do not occur.